Isle of Wight Council


Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs)

The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 enables the Council to designate a public place by order if they are satisfied that nuisance or annoyance to members of the public or disorder has been associated with the consumption of alcohol in that place.

In a designated place, a police officer may require a person not to consume alcohol and to surrender anything the officer reasonably believes to be alcohol. A person commits an offence if they do not comply with such a request. The maximum fine for this offence is currently £500.

A designated public place order does not prevent members of the public consuming alcohol; the powers the police have under the order are discretionary. The police would therefore not normally request someone to stop drinking in the public place if they were doing so responsibly.

The orders do not apply on licensed premises while they are open for the sale of alcohol and for 30 minutes after.

The following Designated Public Place Orders are currently in place in the Isle of Wight:

The following signage is displayed within the designated places:

If you would like any further information regarding DPPOs, please contact the Licensing Section, our details can be found in Licensing Contact information (